A draft is a version of a page with unpublished changes. Confluence creates a draft whenever you create or edit a page or blog post but haven't yet published the changes.
When you're working on a new page – one that you've never published – Confluence creates it as a draft. If you get interrupted and close your tab or navigate away, your content lives on in your drafts page ready for you to resume editing or publish.
You can even bring in other people to help you edit your draft - either use the Invite button in the editor or just share the URL with them (they'll need the appropriate Confluence and space permissions of course).
If you're editing a page that's previously been published, but you don't want to publish your changes yet, simply hit Close to close the editor. Your changes are safely preserved in a draft version of the page. For example, you might be editing a page with your team, and no one wants to publish until all the changes are in. The last person to finish editing will publish the page, or everyone else uses Close to leave the editor without publishing.
Find page drafts
Pages that you have created, but have not yet published, are kept in the drafts section of your user profile. To see them, head to your profile picture at top right of the screen and choose Drafts.
If you didn't enter a page title, the draft will be called 'Untitled'.
Resuming your work
One of the wonderful things about collaborative editing is that you don't need to publish a page before you're ready.
Here's how you can resume working on your unpublished changes:
- If the page has been published previously, all you need to do is hit Edit and any unpublished changes will be ready and waiting.
- If you created the page, and it has never been published, head to Profile > Drafts to resume working on the page.
- If someone else created the page, and it has never been published, you'll need the URL of the editing session to resume working on it (as the page only appears in the original creator's Drafts list).
Recently worked on on the dashboard is a great way to get back to pages you've edited recently.